Category Archives: People

Belair House + Park Dulwich London

Season of The Unexpected A little along Gallery Road, opposite Lovers’ Lane, stands a distinguished villa. Belair, whether two words, hyphenated or a portmanteau is a class signifier from Los Angeles to Wicklow to Dulwich. Pure class. Belair House in … Continue reading

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Hide at Home Restaurant London + Ollie Dabbous

Please Do Eat the Daisies One of the stalwarts of the London restaurant scene, Le Caprice, has sadly closed. It was the all stars favourite, or at least was for the earlier decades of its 40 year lifespan, hosting late … Continue reading

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Ryculff Square Blackheath London + Sir Albert Richardson

Paragon of Virtuous Planning Sometimes you just gotta hunt a little harder, dig a little deeper, look a little longer, to see the wood and the trees. Beauty isn’t always served up on a plate, not even in glorious Blackheath. … Continue reading

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Bexhill-on-Sea East Sussex + Lady Sybil Grant

The Angry Whelk There’s more to Bexhill-on-Sea than the De La Warr Pavilion, y’know. Yes, the Modernist masterpiece might reign supreme but don’t forget about the string of red brick Dutch gabled bay windowed Queen Anne on speed beauties lacing … Continue reading

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Sovereign Light Café + Promenade Bexhill-on-Sea East Sussex

Everybody’s Changing Someone should write a song about this place.

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Sinabro Battersea London + Lavender’s Blue

Le Dîner Gastronomique Chez Vous Remember ye anciente days of olde when we went to restaurants? Now restaurants come to us. Service? That’ll be a knock at the door. Carriages? That’ll be a walk down the bedroom corridor. A mere … Continue reading

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Mary Martin London + Behind the Mask + Blood Sweat + Tears Collections

Hinterland Sound The fashion pictures. Urban chic in the country. Military cool in the city. Mary Martin wears versatility on her sleeve. “It was all very grand and very mad,” Nancy Mitford once purred.

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Mary Martin London + Behind the Mask Collection

Hugging at the Venice Ball Only Mary Martin London would conjure up haute couture hoodies with matching face masks in an increasingly byzantine world, introducing evanescent light into the Stygian darkness. Worthy of a Rizzoli monograph, Behind the Mask is … Continue reading

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The Spell + Roupell Street London

A Street Named Desire Gazing at a house on Roupell Street, any house, lucky number seven, luckless number 13, before a visit to The King’s Arms (crammed Monday to Friday; only the fireside cat for company at the weekend), after … Continue reading

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Carmen dell’Orefice + Claridge’s Hotel London

Model Behaviour Lavender’s Blue caught up with the inimitably monocled magnificently manicured Carmen dell’Orefice when she recently stayed in a Diane von Furstenberg designed hotel suite (where else?) in London. She was fresh – very fresh indeed – off the … Continue reading

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Min Hogg + The Seaweed Collection of Wallpapers + Fabrics

Finding Material “It’s sort of feeble really,” says Min Hogg. “Open the property section of any newspaper and you’ll see page after page of boring beige interiors. I blame technology. People just want to switch on this and that but … Continue reading

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Chelsea Harbour + Chelsea Harbour Hotel London

Suite Success Over the course of multiple visits – breakfasts and brunches, dates and dinners, walks and weekends – Lavender’s Blue cover and discover and rediscover London’s best Eighties development. Back in the day, Astrid Bray was Director of Sales … Continue reading

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The House of Lavender’s Blue + Chef Francesco Bardotti

Polyphonic High Notes A plane crossing the cobalt blue sky – spring is truly here – is a rare occurrence. A daily event at most. There are more joggers on the roads than cars. We go for a walk (self … Continue reading

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Montevetro Battersea London + Taylor Woodrow

It’s Enough to Get the Dopaminergic Neurons of Your Ventral Tegmental Area Stimulated Into Overdrive A little over 22 years since the quadruple page spread was published in Ulster Architect (for decades Ireland’s leading architectural magazine published and edited by … Continue reading

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Glenmore House + Cushendun Harbour Antrim

A Hymn to the Lost Pastoral World of the Anglo Irish Top Irish architect John O’Connell knows Cushendun well. “Clough Williams-Ellis represents his era correctly,” he affirms, “using a fine palette. His architecture is so reticent. There is an early … Continue reading

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